Town’s mu­se­ums get an­other fund­ing boost

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MC­DOWALL

THE town’s mu­se­ums will re­ceive yet an­other boost af­ter se­cur­ing more than £70,000 to­wards cre­ative projects.

The Mac­cles­field Silk Her­itage Trust, which runs the town’s four mu­se­ums, is one of only six bene­fac­tors to se­cure fund­ing from the Es­mée Fair­bairn Col­lec­tions Fund.

The £77,000 grant will be used to fund the ‘Silk and Jac­quard Legacy’ project, which looks at how the town’s her­itage of cre­ativ­ity and mak­ing re­mains rel­e­vant to­day.

It’s an­other wind­fall for the busy trust, which has al­ready se­cured £110,000 to­wards com­mu­nity projects this year.

Sue Hughes, Mac­cles­field Mu­seum di­rec­tor, said: “We are re­ally pleased to have se­cured a grant in such a com­pet­i­tive field and are look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and our part­ners to ex­plore how Jac­quard tech­nol­ogy is still rel­e­vant in to­day’s dig­i­tal age.”

Par­adise Mill, on Park Lane, has the coun­try’s only work­ing Jac­quard silk hand loom still in its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion. The grant - which in­cludes a con­tri­bu­tion from Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil - will be used to fund projects and work­shops in­spired by Jac­quard weav­ing, such as dig­i­tal cod­ing, de­sign and print­ing.

A Project Of­fi­cer will re­search, dig­i­tally doc­u­ment, re-dis­play and in­ter­pret the Jac­quard and block print­ing col­lec­tions, and work with the com- mu­nity and vol­un­teers.

Sue added: “This in­vest­ment will be a step­ping stone to fur­ther ma­jor grant ap­pli­ca­tions which will see the Trust ful­fil its man­i­festo to cel­e­brate the rich­ness of the town’s her­itage and cul­ti­vate its wealth: its wealth of com­mu­nity, of gen­eros­ity, of tal­ent, en­ter­prise and in­dus­try.”

The Es­mée Fair­bairn Col­lec­tions Fund is an in­de­pen­dent grant­mak­ing foun­da­tion which funds projects which de­velop col­lec­tions to achieve so­cial im­pact.

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley said the fund­ing will sup­port the trust’s am­bi­tion to en­cour­age more so­cial in­volve­ment. He said: “Mac­cles­field has a great her­itage, and I know how hard the Silk Her­itage Trust works to pro­mote the town’s rich his­tory. It is good news that this grant will al­low the Trust to un­der­take vi­tal work re­search­ing and doc­u­ment­ing its im­por­tant Jac­quard and block print­ing col­lec­tion. I am par­tic­u­larly pleased that this new fund­ing will also help young peo­ple learn about Mac­cles­field’s unique silk her­itage.”

The 10-part leather bound Vic­to­rian de­signer pat­tern books were pro­duced for Sut­ton Mills in Mac­cles­field

Top: Par­adise Mill houses the coun­try’s only work­ing Jac­quard silk loom in its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion. Above: A jac­quard card with woven silk sam­ple

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